Brick House (Tampa)

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Day of the Week: Wednesday, 2/27
Total Bill: $65.28 (before tip)
Breakdown: 2 starters, 2 entrees, 2 drinks
Pros: Friendly (and attractive) service, good food AND drink selection, clean, comfortable.
Cons: None spotted.
Verdict: Not somewhere to go out of your way for but if you’re somewhere nearby it’s a great place.

She says:
Hubby wanted to get dinner after my class but I wouldn’t be home until almost 9:30, which rules out a lot of restaurants (because they close at 10). We KNOW you don’t get the best food or service when you walk in ten minutes before they close, and who can blame them. Brick House is open until 11 during the week, though! Hubby totally forgot we’d been there before not long after it opened. I really liked it then but for some reason he never wanted to go back, so I was really excited when he picked this for dinner. I guess their main “schtick” is their unique beer-serving containers. If you have multiple people you can get these big cylinders of beer for your table. But that’s definitely not the only reason to go.

I don’t think we’ve ever really enumerated this (perhaps we should on our About Us page) but the Foodies love all kinds of food establishments. We love fine dining and holes in the wall, food trucks and, yes, even some “casual dining.” To be very clear, we always set our expectations based on the type of place we’re going to. I don’t want to be accused of snobbery OR pandering based on a misunderstanding. Now that we’ve got that settled…

We were seated in one of the comfy couch-like booths in the back near the fireplace (which felt GREAT this particular evening) where Hubby could watch the Flyers game on TV. Our server, Jerrica, came quickly and was so friendly and helpful. (The girl who brought our appetizers was really awesome, too. She had gorgeous platinum and pink hair.) I ordered a basic gimlet (highly recommended by our server, $7.50) and Hubby had a Pimm’s Cup ($8). Both drinks were perfectly done and went down quite easily.

To start, we ordered the drunken pork meatball (“homemade ground pork meatballs, bacon, buttermilk, tabasco® with whiskey bbq glaze, jalapeño bacon cornbread & fried shallots,” $9) and white meat chicken bites (“crisp fried with honey mustard, ranch dressing, bbq sauce & fries,” $8). The meatballs themselves were really good, as were the onion straws that came on top. The jalapeno cornbread that came with it was a little dry but had a good flavor. We just didn’t care for the BBQ sauce on the meatballs. It had that sharp sodium taste that usually indicates they don’t make the sauce themselves. Hopefully, I’m wrong about that because the meatballs deserve better than that and BBQ sauce is so easy to make. The chicken bites were good. They’re just basically popcorn chicken with three dipping sauces (BBQ, honey mustard, and ranch). It’s hard to get too fancy with popcorn chicken but they weren’t greasy, so I consider them successful.

For dinner, Hubby had the chicken & waffles (“two homemade belgian waffles, crisp fried
chicken tenders, syrup & strawberries,” $13.50), which he loved and devoured every bite of. He commented that the waffles were some of the best he’s ever had because they had a perfect note of vanilla to them. I took a walk on the wild side and ordered something I thought would be out of their wheel house (not to be difficult, it just sounded good): oven roasted chicken ($15). According to the menu, this dish is “rubbed with roasted garlic butter, filled with herb mirepoix and slow roasted in house, served over cheddar mashed potatoes, topped with onion strings & au jus” but I got mine with sweet potato hash instead of mashed potatoes. It was so good! Very moist, lots of flavor, and the sweet potato hash was awesome.

By the end of the meal, Hubby was also wondering why we quit coming here. Brick House isn’t too far from us (a 10-15 minute drive) and it’s another place for us to go later at night when I get out of class, or if we’re just hungry late. (As we pulled into the parking lot, we noticed cars parked EVERYWHERE, including the grass, so I have a suspicion this place is packed around happy hour.) We’ll definitely go back.

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About the couple: We are thirtysomethings. We’ve known each other since 2001 when we were in college together and we got married in 2009. About the wife: She’s been an accountant since 2004 and loves numbers maybe a little too much. She eats and cooks and bakes and drinks and constantly has to watch her weight because of it. About the husband: He’s a government employee… for 9 years… he likes nice people who don’t talk too much and FOOD!!! He’s a fatty who loves beer, wine and clear spirits. He likes to cook, usually stuff that is too hard for him but usually turns out well. he tries to watch his weight as it goes by at the speed of light but can’t seem to see it… oh and he loves the Wifey. she rocks.
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